Radio host, Tom Joyner founded a mass campaign called, ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor’ many years ago which has helped many hesitate men get a check-up. The importance of preventative health maintenance is ever more important as the statistics show that the gender health gap has widened between the sexes. According to the World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease study, women tend to have a longer life expectancy than men. Oftentimes, men do not like discussing their personal health issues with their loved ones and wait to seek care when the condition is in an advanced stage. There are many reasons and excuses given such as ‘they are always looking for something’ to delay going. It is important to find a healthcare provider that your he feels comfortable talking with about his personal health concerns and is invested into helping him make strides towards living a healthy lifestyle. Once you have found a primary care provider, it is a good idea help facilitate scheduling the appointment and completing the necessary paperwork.
It is also important to advocate by attending (or a family member) the appointment to help bring out questions that he may not ask. Before the visit, get a copy of his medical summary which should include his current medicines. Write down one to three questions that need to be discussed. Ensure him that going to the doctor is just a step towards living a healthier lifestyle. Though it may be uncomfortable and invasive (like drawing blood), it can help prolong your man’s life. Frankly, ‘Taking your Man to the Doctor’ is just worth the investment. I declare, October as ‘Take Your Man to the Doctor’ month. Let’s Get Started!
Nina Anderson, Editor
TOVA Community Health
Primary Specialty Care
(302) 429-5870 ext. 120